Maybe Eric Schmidt was being coy when he claimed that Google were not working on an iOS version of Google Maps last month as today screen shots have leaked
A developer has leaked the first screen shots of what appears to be a native version of Google Maps running on iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 sparking rumours that in fact Google are working on an alternative to the troubled Apple Maps.
Developer Ben Guild posted the images on his blog of Google Maps running on an iPhone 5 which is currently in early testing. According to his source it’s a huge improvement over the previous maps app and brings across features previously only available on Android phones.
The app is vector based which means that it only loads what is required to look great on the page without having to reload the entire map which was a significant weakness of the previous iOS version and cuts down on data usage significantly.
It's not yet known when Google Maps for iOS 6 will appear or even if it will at all as Google hasn't yet officially stated they will be releasing an alternative.